I'm handquilting my first "usable" size quilt. It's about a throw size, and i've been working my way out from the center creating concentric squares over the pieced portions. Now I've finally reached the linen edging and the corner pinwheels. I've finished quilting about 1/3 of the linen where I have been drawing some of the organic shapes from the fabrics I used as my quilting guides. This organic quilting on the linen is actually pretty subtle because of the thread color I chose, and I'm really pleased with that. The little shapes have to be discovered up close, and I can picture someone tracing their fingers along my quilting lines to find each little leaf, flower or strawberry. There's no time to think about those things when I'm machine quilting. I just love how doing the quilting by hand makes the process so much more meaningful.